Saturday, 6 April 2013

A-Z Blogging --"F"

 Well, Hello there!!! I am so pleased that you stopped by  to visit!
                                                          "F" is for Fennel
    For the past many years I have had an, make that a fascination with herbs, spices and seasonings. - About how they were used by our ancestors centuries ago for a variety of ailments, and how they are used today to enhance your favorite recipe.
With this in mind I am attempting to present a different herb, spice or seasoning  for each day of the  A-Z Challenge. Please drop by often and perhaps we both will learn something new.
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                                             "F" is for Fennel

It's time for Herbs and Spices!


Fennel is crunchy and slightly sweet, adding a refreshing contribution to the ever popular Mediterranean cuisine. Most often associated with Italian cooking, be sure to add this to you a "must have" selection of fresh vegetables.

Fennel is composed of a white or pale green bulb from which closely superimposed stalks are arranged. The stalks are topped with feathery green leaves near which flowers grow and produce fennel  seeds. The bulb, stalk, leaves and seed are edible. Fennel belongs to the Unbellifereae family, making it closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander.
The three different parts of fennel- the base, stalks and leaves- can all be used in cooking. Cut the stalks away at the bulb where  they meet. If you do not plan on using the  bulb right away, then cut it in half, remove the base and tinse it with water before proceeding to cut it further.
The stalks of the fennel can be used for soups, stocks and stews, while the leaves can be used as an herb seasoning.

Serving suggestions-
~Healthy sauteed fennel and onions make a wonderful side dish.
~ Combine sliced fennel with avocados and oranges for a delightful salad.
~Braised fennel is a wonderful complement to scallops.
~Next time you are looking for a new way to adorn your sandwiches  consider adding sliced fennel in addition to the traditional toppings of lettuce and tomato.
~Top thinly sliced fennel with plain yogurt and mint leaves.
~Fennel is a match made in Heaven when served with salmon.

Fennel can be used for a variety of medicinal conditions.

On of the most popular uses of fennel is as an appetite depressant. Known to aid weight loss, fennel can be used  in a number of methods including as tea,or a paste.
Other medicinal uses include drinking fennel to suppress menstrual bloating, to increase breast milk, as well as to use in past form to relieve the pain associated with swollen breasts. Another medicinal use is for treating colic in infants. For those who suffer with asthma and other bronchial issues, there is a tea or fennel water that is an excellent source of relief, and is in fact found in many cough formulas.

For individuals suffering with kidney stones, Gardens Ablaze suggest fennel water is used to help
break up the stones, as well as to purify the liver. There are a number of irritating minor ailments which can be easily soothed with the use of fennel water or tea such as; nausea, hiccups,digestions, and to expel worms in children and as well to kill fleas on dogs. 
As a beauty product, fennel water is perfect for cleansing the skin while steaming the face.  


The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner.    *The medicinal usages are for informational and educational purposes only*



  1. As kids we would get fennel tea to calm a sick tummy.

    1. Really, Tina, that is most interesting! I have not used fennel a lot in the past,but I have a distinct feeling that will change! Thanks for stopping by.

      Patricia, Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

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    1. How interesting,Jo. You have to be a great cook!! I will have to try that one as well! Thanks for the enlightenment!

  3. Wow, there are lots of good uses for fennel. Great F word!!
    Kathy at Oak Lawn Images

    1. Thanks,Kathy. I will start using it soon so I can learn more about it.

  4. I've never used fennel but I definitely want to try it. I've been on a vegan diet for several months and I'm learning a whole new way of cooking.

    1. Actually, Luana, neither have I, but I want to try it soon so I can become more knowledgeable about it. Thanks for the comment.

  5. I've only used crushed fennel seeds in a soup I make. I should try branching out with it more.

  6. I've never used fennel. Something new to try.

  7. I'm a great herb and spices fan but a bit clueless too, so thank you for your post and now you are bookmarked so I have a point of reference. I have cooked with fennel but I'm not quite decided if I like it. Perhaps it the choice of meal I was making at the time, but I've not been that keen to rekindle my relationship with it. I love the idea that it is an appetite suppresent.